Penn Science Cafe

Hauling science out of the lab for a night on the town, the Penn Science Café offers the Philadelphia region an opportunity to pitch questions to leading scientific experts who drop the jargon to explain their work in layman's terms. All Penn Science Café events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming events in this series:


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Scott Barry KaufmanScientific Director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology CenterWired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity? Based on his research, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest neuroscience and psychology findings, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, he will shine a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman will untangle a series of paradoxes—mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, solitude and collaboration—to show that by embracing our own contradictions we can tap into our deepest creativity.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.